3M is a $23 billion science-based company with thousands of imaginative products. From health care to highway safety and office products, adhesives and abrasives our products are used by people around the world every day. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., the company has operations in nearly 65 countries and products sold in nearly 200. 3M Community Giving consists of product donations and cash grants by 3M and the 3M Foundation and bolstered by employee and retiree volunteerism. 2009, cash and product donations totaled almost $50 million with over half going to STEM education targeting communities where the company has a facility. There, partnerships are formed with individual schools or districts to bring financial and volunteer support to help students achieve and graduate ready for higher education. To date, 3M has awarded $1.5 million in support of PLTW.
Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, and healthcare companies worldwide. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs approximately 20,000 individuals worldwide.
Established in 1959, the Bemis Company Foundation serves as the principal instrument of philanthropy for the Company, concentrating its support in three primary areas, Social Welfare and Health, Education, and Civic and Cultural Organizations. In 2012, Bemis Company and the Bemis Company Foundation generously contributed $2.1 million to PLTW to help grow and sustain PLTW in schools across the upper-Midwest, especially those with a high population of minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students. Click here to see how the PLTW and Bemis partnership is creating shared value and lasting impact.
Cargill has committed more than $2.3 million toward the implementation of PLTW's Pathway To Engineering and Gateway To Technology programs in 60 new schools by the end of 2013. PLTW will launch in schools near Cargill facilities in 11 states. Specific locations will be identified throughout the three year funding partnership. States identified to date include Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. Click here for a video recognizing Cargill's support of PLTW.
Chevron became PLTW’s first National Partner to be formally announced. PLTW is pleased and honored with Chevron's leadership. PLTW National Partners commit $6M or more over a three year period to assist schools in beginning PLTW programs and to support PLTW in its efforts to scale its work across the nation. Prior to this national commitment in the fall of 2013, Chevron contributed over $5M to PLTW schools in multiple states, providing more than 80,000 students access to PLTW curricular programs.
John Deere is the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery. In 2013, the John Deere Inspire program awarded PLTW a grant to fund Project Lead The Way program implementations in Iowa schools. John Deere Inspire is an effort to significantly increase the number of high-quality students, including underrepresented talent, who enroll, graduate, and are successfully working in STEM-related professions and consider John Deere as an employer of choice. More than 300 John Deere employees have contribued over 15,000 volunteer hours in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Dakota to promote STEM education. PLTW is one of only two initiatives that John Deere Inspire is endorsing and supporting.
Through generous grants from the global defense company’s foundation, three PLTW public schools in San Diego’s Poway Unified School District and two in Gloucester, Virginia, have been paired with Northrop Grumman engineer mentors. In the future, the company plans to expand the program to other regions where Northrop Grumman plant sites are located. At each partner school, a Northrop Grumman engineer is paired with a PLTW teacher, serving as a mentor for teachers and guiding students through real-life applications of lessons learned in the classroom each week. The engineers share their knowledge and industry experience to reinforce specific course assignments and support the program outside the classroom through presentations to interested parents and community groups.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the sixth largest publicly owned utility in the United States, secured a $75,000 grant from the American Public Power Association (APPA) Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) program and contributed $70,000 of in-kind resources toward the development, piloting, and launch of GTT’s Energy and the Environment unit and the Energy Lesson of the revised Principles Of Engineering curriculum. In the Sacramento community, SMUD supports the Project Lead The Way, Inc. pre-engineering curricula at local schools by providing funding for teacher training, and supplies, by providing subject matter experts in the classroom, and by hosting students at SMUD’s Energy and Technology Center. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment.
SAIC awarded PLTW a $400,000 sponsorship as part of an enterprise-wide effort to inspire and engage K-12 students in STEM education. Employee volunteers across the nation from SAIC and other companies will work with PLTW programs to encourage the development of problem solving, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning skills in students K-12, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college, and career success in STEM-related fields. SAIC employees work directly with PLTW schools to bring real-world engineering experience into the classroom. SAIC is also sponsoring schools near company offices to adopt the PLTW curriculum and is supporting PLTW teachers who do double-duty as "STEM coaches" outside the classroom.